August 6  The Black Snake Affair

On August 3, 1808 an incident occurred on the Onion (Winooski) River in a spot not too far from the Ethan Allen Homestead.   An engagement between US Customs and state militia with potash smugglers resulted in lives lost and subsequent trials of those involved. 

Come join us to learn not only what happened, but who was involved, what local names you will recognize and what firsts in Burlington were a result of this affair.  Walk to the spot on the river to imagine how it was like and to view the Historic Marker commemorating this event.

Tickets are required for these lectures.  $6.00 at the door or $5.00 in advance.  Please call 865-4556 to make your reservation.

11:00 am Presenter:  Willard Sterne Randall

 2:00 pm Presenter:  John Devino


August 21  Myra Colby Bradwell: First Woman Lawyer in the U. S.

Born in Vermont, Myra Colby Bradwell rose to fame in her lifetime and made friends with celebrities of her day -- such as Mrs. Abraham Lincoln. But today she's all but forgotten. Come find out who made her disappear.

Presentation By Nancy Nahra, Professor Emeritus of Humanities, Champlain College, and co-author of FORGOTTEN AMERICANS: FOOTNOTE FIGURES WHO CHANGED AMERICAN HISTORY


September 18  "The Many Meanings of Maple”  with Michael Lange

Dr. Michael Lange is a professor of anthropology and folklore at Champlain College in Burlington. He has authored several academic works on cultural identity. His recent work draws on research with sugarmakers across Vermont and includes “Foodie Influence on the Culinary Meanings of Maple Syrup” and “Sweet Bedfellows: Continuity, Change, and Terror in Maple Syrup”. His most recent book, Meanings of Maple, is due out next year. His current talk focuses on the different ways that maple carries meaning in Vermont. Economic meanings, heritage meanings, ecological meanings, and many more are explored in this interactive talk."


October 16      Fort "Blunder" & Fort Montgomery- A Closer Look

Few locations on historic Lake Champlain have been the subject of more mystery and misinformation than the ruins of old Fort Montgomery just south of the border at Rouses Point, New York. Often referred to as "Fort Blunder," this remarkable structure was the last masonry fort constructed along storied Lake Champlain. In this presentation Jim Millard will discuss the many mysteries surrounding the fort, especially whether or not it was really built by the US in Canada. He will discuss the significance of its location on the lake, its remarkable history and take us on a guided tour of the fort through vintage images and modern photos.

Local author and historian Jim Millard is an Instructional Designer/technologist at Saint Michael's College. He has been writing about Lake Champlain, Lake George and Richelieu River history since 1997 when he first published his popular website- America's Historic Lakes ( Jim has written 4 books about Lake Champlain history, including two about Fort Montgomery. He has had numerous articles and photos published in magazines and journals and provided materials for use in museum exhibits in the US, United Kingdom, atlases, public television documentaries and educational textbooks. In 2009 he appeared in the pilot for the History Channel presentation of "How the States Got Their Shapes."




November 20  "Patriotic Dissent or Treason in the Green Mountains: Vermonters and the War of 1812"

Given debates over the last decade about the appropriate role and scope of dissent during wartime, Dr. Brucken will analyze similarities and differences with a conflict from the distant past. The War of 1812 featured a fractured public, charges of treason and imperial glory, laws to muzzle dissent, and constitutional challenges. Republican Vermonters were at the forefront of anti-war speech and actions, thereby creating a deep conflict with the Federalist administration of President John Adams.

 Dr. Rowland Brucken is a Professor of History at Norwich University. A historian of international human rights law, he has published and given conference papers on the intersection between human rights, domestic politics, and American foreign policy. He teaches courses on genocide, civil rights, the Cold War, the 1960s, and baseball history. 




December 18   Winter’s Eve

A Solstice Celebration with music, dance, and mulled comforts